What happens after being charged with crime? This page explains the police procedure if you get charged with a crime in the United Kingdom.
YOUR RIGHTS: Find out details about the court hearing and when you can get released on bail. In some cases you can get put into custody (on remand) after the police charge you.
The police will issue a 'charge sheet'. A police charge sheet UK sets out the exact details of the crime you have been charged with.
If you get charged by police they will then decide whether:
If you get charged with a crime your first court hearing should be at a magistrates' court. The police use a 'virtual court' using video technology in some cases. This applies even if your trial will take place at a Crown Court at a later date.
Note: Being charged with a crime in Scotland follows a different set of procedures and rules.
Once the police have charged the offender they sometimes release them on bail in the UK. That means the offender can leave the police station and go home until the court hearing.
But, the bail process in the United Kingdom means you might have to agree to some bail conditions such as:
If you fail to fulfill the conditions of bail you can get arrested again. If that happens you will get taken to prison while you wait for your court hearing.
When you have attended your hearing you might get given bail again until the start of your trial. This can happen if your hearing takes place at a magistrates' court or a 'virtual court' with video conferencing in courtrooms.
There are several common reasons why you may not get bail such as if:
The court may decide to put you on remand if you are an adult. That means you will go to prison until you get a hearing at a magistrates' court.
Offenders under 18 years of age will get taken to a secure centre for young people. This is not the same facility as an adult prison.
There are several common reasons why you may get put on remand such as if:
In some cases you might get put on remand again when you attend your hearing at a magistrates' court. Further remand can happen until your trial begins (even if you got bail before).
Process of Being Charged With a Crime in the United Kingdom